An article by Colin Ellard, a cognitive neuroscientist and director of the Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments, at the University of Waterloo discovered:
a strong, intrinsic, and consistent biological preference for a particular kind of space—and a consistent betrayal of this preference in final home-purchasing decisions
Participants wandered freely through three different virtual homes. One was a design by Frank Lloyd Wright, the second was based on a home by Sarah Susanka, and the third was a "typical cookie-cutter North American suburban design". The participants' physiological response to the environments were measured as they walked around,. The researchers were shocked that buyers betrayed their natural desires and settled for less.
Our interactions with home are intimate, sustained, complex, and even physiological. We react to them not just with our rational mind, and our emotions, but also with our bodies. To make matters more complicated, homes speak to socioeconomic status, and so are subject to a long list of expectations. In perhaps no other space do so many currents of our lives intersect and compete so directly.
Did they compromise on their primary residence because of financial considerations, practical concerns, or something else?
Further study will be necessary. But as Dawn said, in a conversation today, "home is simply a relationship with have with space." Maybe the solution is to create a separate space from the primary residence that is not constrained by cost because of size and build the no-compromise place the fosters the feelings we desire. - Lloyd